11.20.17 The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Franklin Antonio pledged $30 million for a new building for engineering research and education. The building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 and will be named for the donor.
11.20.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Sugar and soda banned at this health-tech startup"
At San Diego's Health IQ, selling life insurance to healthy people comes with the added perk -- or punishment, depending on your outlook -- of practicing what you preach. The firm, which has applied data science to craft life insurance plans that reward fitness freaks and diet do-gooders, also encourages its 140 employees to stay active and avoid sugar; there's a gym smack dab in the middle of the office and a no-candy policy, for instance. His startup, founded in 2013, seeks to make the world a healthier place one life insurance policy at time.
"These Stunning 3-D Models Are Helping Unravel The Mysteries Of Coral"
CORAL ISN'T WHAT you think it is. It isn't a plant, but an animal. It doesn't just grow in shallow, tropical waters, but also hundreds of feet deep in the darkness. And it is far tougher than doom-and-gloom stories about coral bleaching would have you believe. For all that science knows about coral reefs, these complex ecosystems are still maddeningly, well, complex. But a new photographic technique from researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is exposing coral like never before.
11.17.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Qualcomm: How big a deal is it to San Diego?"
Here's a riddle to ponder: What do your smartphone, robotic floor cleaners, sixth graders, and the tomb of Genghis Khan have in common? No, it's not a trick question. The answer is Qualcomm. While the homegrown technology colossus is widely recognized for its chips that power smartphones and its name that, until recently, was affixed to San Diego's football stadium, its influence and reach in the county is far deeper -- albeit less well known.
11.16.17 MIT Technology Review
"This AI Learns Your Fashion Sense and Invents Your Next Outfit"
In a paper published on the ArXiv, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, and Adobe have outlined a way for AI to not only learn a person's style but create computer-generated images of items that match that style.
11.16.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Qualcomm co-founder donates $30 million to UC San Diego for huge engineering complex"
Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio is giving UC San Diego $30 million to expand the university's huge engineering school. The donation will help underwrite a $180 million research complex at the Jacobs School of Engineering, whose nearly 9,000 students make it among the largest engineering programs on the West Coast.
11.16.17 Tech Crunch
"Tortuga Logic raises $2 million to build chip-level security systems"
Tortuga Logic has raised $2 million in seed funding from Eclipse Ventures to help in their effort to maintain chip-level system security. Based in Palo Alto, the company plans to use the cash to build products that will find "lurking vulnerabilities" on computer hardware. The founders, Dr. Jason Oberg, Dr. Jonathan Valamehr, Professor Ryan Kastner of UC San Diego, and Professor Tim Sherwood of UC Santa Barbara, have decades of experience in system security and received a grant from the National Science Foundation for initial commercialization.
11.16.17 Technology Review
"This AI Learns Your Fashion Sense and Invents Your Next Outfit"
Artificial Intelligence might just spawn a whole new style trend: call it "predictive fashion." In a paper published on the ArXiv, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, and Adobe have outlined a way for AI to not only learn a person's style but create computer-generated images of items that match that style. The system could let retailers create personalized pieces of clothing, or could even be used to help predict broader fashion trends. The paper details two different algorithms.
11.3.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"'Bionic' UC San Diego explorer Albert Lin returns to the jungles"
Snapping the reigns of a chestnut horse, Albert Lin galloped across the broad plains of Mongolia, unleashing the exuberance he felt searching for the tomb of Genghis Khan, the notorious 13th century conqueror. It was 2009 and the UC San Diego scientist was about to experience a bit of fame. The split-second splendor of his horse ride was captured by National Geographic in a studly photo that seemed to scream: Adventurer! Explorer! Man of action!
11.1.17 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN)
"Weighing Protein Expression Levels with Cell Growth"
After selecting an expression species, cell line, and conducting any organism- or gene-level engineering, manufacturers of therapeutic proteins entrust their productivity to media and feeds--the defining factors that nurture the best in cells. In 2015, world-renowned cell-culture expert Professor Florian Wurm, Dr. rer. nat., of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne) and cofounder of ExcellGene, told the author that media and feed were responsible for most of the improvements in monoclonal antibody yield in CHO cells. Since 2014, Dr. Wurm has doubled down on that message.
"San Diego Positions Itself as Autonomous Technology Proving Ground"
UC San Diego is becoming a test bed for self-driving vehicle technology. With a campus that encompasses more than 3.3 square miles and a daytime population of roughly 65,000, "It's a small city," said Henrik Christensen, who is leading the new project as director of the university's Institute for Contextual Robotics. Christensen, who announced the move Friday at a robotics forum entitled "Intelligent Vehicles 2025," said the effort would enable UC San Diego scientists to help solve the kind of problems autonomous vehicles will likely encounter along crowded streets.
10.30.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UC San Diego creating aerodrome where it can fly experimental drones"
UC San Diego is creating an outdoor site where it can test fly unmanned aerial vehicles, which are rapidly coming into common use by everyone from police investigating crime scenes to scientists looking for archaeological remains. The aerodrome will be a net cage that will be 30 feet high and roughly 50 feet long and wide, making it similar to a facility that's being built at the University of Michigan, a leader in drone research. San Diego chipmaker Qualcomm gave UC San Diego $200,000 to create the flight center
10.27.17 Physics World
"Physicists create first 'topological' laser"
A new kind of laser, in which light snakes around a cavity of any shape without scattering, has been developed by researchers in the US. They claim that their "toplogical laser", which works at telecom wavelengths, could allow improved miniaturization of silicon photonics or even protect quantum information from scattering.
"New RoboBee flies, dives, swims, and explodes out the of water"
We've seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water, and safely land. New floating devices allow this multipurpose air-water microrobot to stabilize on the water's surface before an internal combustion system ignites to propel it back into the air.
10.27.17 SD Metro
"Daily Business Report-Oct. 27, 2017"
The University of California San Diego will turn its campus into a test bed for self-driving vehicles starting in January 2018. The project will be implemented in stages. The first will be to put self-driving mail delivery carts on the road. The carts will run on algorithms developed by UC San Diego researchers who are part of the Contextual Robotics Institute. Back-up drivers will initially ride in the carts as a safety measure. "We are trying to solve the 'last mile' problem, when autonomous vehicles get off the freeway and onto crowded neighborhood streets," said Henrik Christensen
10.27.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Technologists: Public won't accept driverless cars unless they're more skilled than humans"
A compelling question came up Friday at UC San Diego, where engineers are discussing the near future of driverless cars: Will the public accept driverless cars if their operating systems don't match the driving skills of a human? The question was fielded by Xiaodi Hou is correct spelling, chief technology officer at TuSimple, who told a gathering at the Contextual Robotics Institute: "We need (driverless cars) that are much better (at driving) than humans to convince (the public) that autonomous driving is a good thing ... We're having a hard time with this."
10.25.17 Electronic Design
"IC Takes Major Step Closer to Zero-Power Digitized Temperature Sensor"
The challenge facing designers trying to incorporate temperature sensing into an IoT application, especially if it's a medical or wearable situation, is two-fold. First, where do you get the needed long-term power--from a tiny battery or harvesting? Second, how do you efficiently digitize that analog-sensor signal? An IC using a new sensor/digitizer architecture, developed by a team at the Energy-Efficient Microsystem Lab, UC San Diego, addresses this issue.
10.23.17 Trend Hunter
"Privacy-Enhancing Light Bulbs"
With smartphones now being a part of everyone's daily lives, invasions of privacy in areas where people may be more vulnerable are increasingly common -- a fact which the LiShield LED light aims to avoid. The LiShield bulb was designed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego. It was created to block cameras in locker rooms, where cameras and smartphones are usually not allowed, but issues of people taking photos can still occur. The LiShield "can make a room glow for the human eye, but flicker in a distorting light pattern at high frequencies beyond our vision."
10.18.17 Digital Trends
"Clever new LED lighting system thwarts unwanted smartphone photography"
In a world in which virtually everyone carries a high-quality camera with them in the form of a smartphone, enforcing "no photography" rules -- for copyright or privacy reasons -- is next to impossible. That?s a problem researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have attempted to solve with a new project. To do so, they've created a smart LED system, which produces a flickering pattern that interferes with the camera sensor on mobile devices.
10.17.17 Top 500
"HPC Modeling Used to Help Fight California Wildfires"
Firemap, a predictive modeling and mapping tool developed to track wildfires, is being used by California residents and first responders to help them deal with the deadliest wildfires in the state?s history. The software was developed by researchers from SDSC, UCSD?s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology?s (Calit2), the Qualcomm Institute, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at the Jacobs School of Engineering.